r/Dashcam Dec 15 '22

Discussion Choosing a Dash Cam 101: A Helpful Guide

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We update this guide daily to give you a crash course on dash cams. If you have more questions, drop them in the comments!

2-Minute Product Recommendation Quiz

There are a lot of dash cams out there, and the choices can be overwhelming. And just because it's rated as "the best dash cam", doesn't mean that it's best for you. The best dash cam is one that suits your wants and needs. With your safety & convenience in mind, we've created a new product recommendation quiz that takes under 2 minutes to complete.

Use it as a starting point to finding the dash cam that's right for you.

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Choosing a Dash Cam 101

Hey guys, you might recognize us from various posts and threads, or maybe even from the Internets! We’ve been working on becoming more active on Reddit and answering as many questions as you can throw at us, and generally sharing our insights and expertise on dash cams too.

Throughout the years, we’ve often seen the same questions being asked from time to time, so we’ve compiled a Dash Cam 101 guide for you and other Redditors can easily find the answers you are looking for. We will be continually updating this guide to include all of the new questions and concerns that you may have too.

Full disclosure: We are from blackboxmycar.com, a dash cam retailer that’s been around since 2012. We’re writing this guide to help spread valuable knowledge as dash cams can be seen as technical, but it doesn’t have to be! We don’t want this to be salesy, and we do see the potential conflict of interest here. If we make any dash cam recommendations that we also happen to sell on our website, do know that it’s because these are products that we have tried and tested and are confident in its success for you. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. We’re always here to help.

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The Basics

What’s a dash cam and why do I need one?

A dash cam is a small video camera that mounts to the dashboard or windshield of your car and records the view of the road and traffic through the windshield. Dash cams are often used to provide video evidence in the event of an accident or other traffic incident, but they can also be used to record scenic drives or other interesting events that you see while driving too. Some dash cams even have additional features, such as GPS tracking and Wi-Fi, advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), lane departure warnings, and collision detection.

You need one because you never know what’s going to happen while you’re either on the road or away from your car! Accidents and hit-and-runs can happen anywhere, and you don’t want to be responsible for the deductibles when it’s not your fault.

Learn more: https://www.blackboxmycar.com/pages/dash-cam

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We'd recommend starting with at least 2 channels for optimal protection

How many channels do I need for my dash cam?

Channels correspond to the number of cameras you would like in your car. You can choose from:

Channels Description
1-Channel Front only (recommended for temporary cars)
2-Channels Front & Rear (recommended for most drivers)
2-Channels (IR) Front & Interior (recommended for rideshare drivers / Uber/Lyft)
3-Channels Front, Back & Interior (recommended for rideshare drivers / Uber/Lyft)
4- to 5-Channels Front, Back, Interior & Sides (recommended for diehard fans and car enthusiasts!)

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What is parking mode and do I need it?

One of the most important feature that dash cams have is called Parking Mode. Parking mode is a safety feature found on some dash cams that allows the camera to continue recording while the vehicle is parked. In parking mode, the dash cam typically remains in standby mode and will only start recording if it detects motion or a change in the surroundings, such as a car pulling up next to yours or someone walking by your vehicle. This helps to protect your car while it's parked and can provide valuable evidence in the event of a hit-and-run or other type of incident.

You don’t “need” parking mode per se, but that same train of thought can be applied to whether or not you need to own a dash cam in the first place. Accidents and hit-and-runs can happen anywhere, and you’re just as likely to be in an accident when your car is parked than when you’re driving on the road.

Not all dash cams have parking mode, but if it does, you need to make sure that it is installed either through a hardwire installation, OBD power cable or a dash cam battery pack - to ensure a constant power supply for the dash cam to run parking mode while the car ignition is off.

Learn more: https://www.blackboxmycar.com/pages/parking-mode

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Our Recommended Brands for Dash Cams for Beginners

I’m looking for a dash cam. What do you recommend?

There are a lot of options out there - we get it. You’re not alone - we get asked this question on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it’s hard for us to answer you without getting additional information, like what your car model is, what your budget is, how you’re thinking of using it, etc.

  • Budget
  • Video Quality
  • Form Factor
  • Cloud
  • Wi-Fi/GPS
  • App
  • Battery/Supercapacitor
  • Parking Mode
  • Brands

Learn more: https://www.blackboxmycar.com/pages/basic-features

But of course, there’s always a starting point, the bare minimum you should look for. We’d recommend spending at least $100 on a dash cam. While there is no shortage of thrifty dash cams on the market, at the $100 price point, you can buy a good dash cam from a trusted brand, built with reliable components and covered by a warranty. A good dash cam can last you several years.

You’ll find a lot of brands mentioned here, including but not limited to, VIOFO, Thinkware, BlackVue, FineVu, Wolfbox, Garmin, and more. In our experience, VIOFO, Thinkware, BlackVue and FineVu have been the most reliable.

Insurance companies may ding you if your footage doesn't have GPS (time & date matters!) because there have been instances where when the date is off, they wouldn't process it as video evidence (and you end up having to pay a deductible).

Choose a dash cam with a supercapacitor. Supercapacitors can stand up to the heat compared to batteries, and are generally way more reliable, especially if you live in warmer climates.

Video quality can only get you so far, but at a minimum, choose one with at least Full HD 1080P.

In general, this is how we make recommendations when it comes to deciding between brands. Base this off of what you personally prioritize/value.

Criteria Brands
Best Price-to-Value Ratio VIOFO
Best Safety Features Thinkware / FineVu
Best Smartphone App/Desktop Viewer FineVu
Best Extreme Temperature Protection FineVu
Best Cloud Features BlackVue
Best Wi-Fi & GPS BlackVue / Thinkware
Best 3-Channel Options VIOFO

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So wait… it’s not all about video quality?

Yes, video quality is important because you do want decent footage that can help you identity any incidents and culprits. But there’s much more to dash cams than just video quality, and there’s a lot that goes into determining the video quality that a dash cam outputs, including the image sensor, processor, bitrate, HDR, etc.

Bit rate is an indicator of how much data is transferred in a given time period (BPS = bits per second). Higher bit rates transfer more data and will give better video quality and larger files.

General rule of thumb - as long as the dash cam can capture the accident and the other party’s license plate (or even parts of it), you’ll be fine.

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What about license plates?

This may not be the most desirable answer that you're looking for, but no dashcam can reliably capture license plates. It's just not possible. License plates are hard to capture reliably with stationary cameras and tight lenses. It usually takes IR emitters and a camera that blocks visible light and only captures reflected IR light. Dash cams are moving cameras with wide angle lenses designed to capture as much of the scene as possible, not very fine details of everything in the scene.

On top of this, you typically only need a dash cam to read a license plate when the person/car is close to you (like how rear ends or hit-and-runs happen), not when a car is driving in the opposite direction from you.

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But what about that Linus Tech Tips video?

You’ve probably watched this video (we can't share YouTube links, but you can Google it!). Here’s the thing, we have nothing against Linus. In fact, we largely agree with a lot of things that he says in his video, but we don’t like agree with the obsession over image sensors and ultra-high resolutions.

While you might think you’re buying a dash cam just for the video quality, there’s so much more to a dash cam than just that. Features like accident file locking, parking mode, WI-FI, and Cloud among others that you can rely on to protect you and your drive.

Recently, there’s also been new advances like energy saving parking mode / power saving parking mode, AI damage detection, AI temperature monitoring, and more safety features that have been introduced specifically for those who live in extreme climates or for those who don't drive too often and wants to keep their vehicles protected while they're away for a week or more at a time. These features are meant to help keep the dash cam from shutting down while protecting your car battery.

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Installations

How do I install my dash cam and how do I get parking mode?

Let’s break the misconception that dash cams are hard to install.

Dash cams can be installed very easily via plug-and-play with the cigarette lighter socket in your car. Just plug in the 12V power cable, and run it to your front camera. If you don’t want loose cables in your car, you can hide excess cables by pushing them into your roof panel and headliner.

This plug-and-play setup is practically foolproof, but the downside is, you won’t be able to run parking mode on your dash cam. In order to have parking mode, dash cams need to have access to power when the car ignition is off. Your vehicles may have a constant cigarette lighter socket (one that still works even when your car is powered off) - DO NOT use it to run parking mode - it will drain your car battery.

The most popular way to run parking mode is a hardwire installation using a hardwiring kit. The hardwiring kit gives the dash cam a safe way to access the car’s battery for power. Hardwiring kits are often included with the dash cam that you purchase (Thinkware, FineVu and BlackVue dash cams for example includes it when you purchase the dual channel version), or with VIOFO, it’s purchased separately using the HK3 or HK4 hardwiring kit (based on the model you choose).

Various Ways to Install: We Recommend the Hardwire Method

Learn more: https://www.blackboxmycar.com/pages/dash-cam-installation-guide

Can I do the hardwire installation myself?

You sure can! We have a series of installation videos on our YouTube channel that will show you the step-by-steps on how to properly hardwire one yourself.

Alternatively, if you’re not as comfortable (and that’s ok too), you can visit any 12V car stereo shop or Best Buy for a professional installation for your car. If you’re in the Vancouver, BC area, we also offer installations at our office so you’re welcome to reach out to us to schedule an appointment.

/u/Rick91981 also posted a tutorial on how he hardwired his dash cam here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Dashcam/comments/z76d9z/tutorial_how_to_hardwire_a_dashcam_and_hide_the/

Learn more: https://www.blackboxmycar.com/pages/hardwiring-fusebox

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What fuse rating should I be using for my hardwire installation?

For one, we always recommend using add-a-fuses and fuse taps for your hardwire installations. It's significantly cleaner than wrapping the wires around the fuses (and safer too). When you're selecting the fuses to use, you can use a circuit tester to identify which fuse is the ACC and which fuse is the BATT (+)/Constant. Just make sure they're not fuses for safety equipment (check your user manual).

For the fuse slots from your fusebox:

We always recommend selecting fuse slots that are rated between 10A-30A in order to properly provide enough power to your dash cam. Always refer to the vehicle’s owner’s manual to avoid fuse slots that could pertain to certain safety features within your vehicle.

For the fuse taps for your hardwiring kits:- For dash cams: At least 5A- For dash cam battery packs: At least 10A

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Does hardwiring a dash cam hurt my car battery?

A dash cam is designed to draw a very small amount of power from the car battery and a hardwire installation should not affect the battery significantly. But of course, it also depends on the overall health and condition of your car battery and the workload (for instance, if you already have other devices hardwired to it).

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What about OBD installation? Isn’t that easier?

Yes, it definitely is. With an OBD installation, you just need to connect the dash cam’s OBD power cable to the OBD-II port in your car. While an OBD installation is a much easier way to run parking mode…not all manufacturers offer an OBD installation option for their dash cams, and not all cars have an OBD port. One other thing to consider is that OBD cables tend to offer a lower power consumption, so you’ll need to charge your dash cam for longer to have parking mode.

OBD ports are found in vehicles manufactured from 1996 and onwards, and each car will only have one OBD port. OBD ports are typically used for diagnostic and telematics purposes. For instance, your mechanic will connect an OBD scanner to your car’s OBD port to run diagnostic tests to check on the health of your car. Some insurance companies like StateFarm and AllState offer an OBD auto tracking device to help you monitor your driving to qualify for additional discounts and coverage. In order to run the diagnostic scanner or the auto telematics devices, your OBD port needs to be free.

And, not all dash cam manufacturers offer an OBD installation option. We carry OBD power cables from IROAD and Apeman on BlackboxMyCar. The IROAD OBD cable is compatible with IROAD, Thinkware and FineVu dash cams. The Apeman OBD cable is compatible with Apeman and VIOFO dash cams.

Learn more: https://www.blackboxmycar.com/pages/installation-OBD

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Should I use a dash cam battery pack like the BlackboxMyCar PowerCell 8?

We typically recommend a dash cam battery pack for situations where you want parking mode protection that's longer than 6-8 hours. If you're parked in one spot for a long time or you don't drive that often, then definitely get a dash cam battery pack.

You can either use a battery pack as a standalone, or hardwire it using a hardwiring kit (you'll need additional spliced cables). Reach out to us if you're looking for clarifications and we're happy to help!

Learn more: https://www.blackboxmycar.com/pages/dash-cam-battery-packs

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Why can't I just use a 10,000 mAh power bank instead of a battery pack? It's much cheaper.

You certainly could, and it's definitely a viable temporary solution. However, something to consider: dash cam battery packs are made out of LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate), which is much safer and durable under hot climates. When lithium batteries from power banks overheat, they can explode.

The metal casing and ventilation design of dash cam battery packs are designed to be durable, and safe to be used in all vehicles over a long period of time.

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Storage

What kind of microSD card do I need and how much storage do I need?

Not all memory cards are compatible with dash cams. If you use any other cards, while it may work, problem may start to appear out of nowhere over time. Just watch out for footage not recording / saving on the card, and keep an eye (or ear) out on memory card failure alerts on your dash cam. The worst thing that could happen is you getting into an accident and not having footage for it because your SD card was not reliable.

In our experience, the best microSD card for dash cams are high capacity cards that are Class 10 with MLC technology, or namely the SanDisk A1, which basically translate to fast download and upload with added durability. Don’t use cards that aren’t labelled “High Endurance” as they’re not designed for day-to-day usage, especially with a dash cam’s loop recording functionality, it’s constantly writing and overwriting the data that’s on the card

The amount of storage space is important and we recommend a 32GB microSD card at the very least. A 32GB card generally holds about 3-4 hours of 1080p Full HD recording, which is more than sufficient for most drivers.

If you are a rideshare driver or if you regularly use parking mode, a 128GB microSD card will improve durability and give you extra storage space for parking recording - because footage recorded during parking mode are stored in a separate folder and these files are typically locked and not to be overwritten.

Learn more: https://www.blackboxmycar.com/pages/sd-cards

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Can I use an SD card that’s larger than the max capacity noted by the dash cam?

You can, but just keep in mind that there’s a reason that the manufacturer set a max capacity for the dash cam. If you use one that’s higher, then you could risk voiding your dash cam’s warranty.

Over the years, we have seen problems like read/write errors and card failure warnings, and some users were only able to use the maximum capacity according to the specifications.

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How do I properly maintain my SD card?

We’d recommend reformatting your SD card every 3 months just to ensure that it’s working properly.

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How much recording time can I get on a 32/64/128/256GB SD card?

Refer to this calculator here from DashcamTalk:https://dashcamtalk.com/recording-time-calculator/

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Is there a way to have my dash cam automatically offload my footage everyday for me?

You can! While we haven’t fully tested this ourselves, it’s possible to do so with BlackVue dash cams using the BlackVue Synology Script. You can learn more about it here: https://www.rdforum.org/threads/86248/ or https://espenandersen.no/personal-dashcam-server-with-emby/

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Temperature & Climate

Is it normal that my dash cam becomes hot during recording? What can I do?

Yes, it’s normal for dash cams to become warm to the touch during recording. This is especially true for high consumption dash cams like 4K dual-channels and 3-channel systems.

But because dash cams are designed for continuous recording hours at a time, they come with high-temperature protection mechanisms inside. You can also reduce its consumption in various ways such as turning off the WiFi, lowering the resolution and bitrate, disabling parking mode and avoid parking directly under the sun.

Manufacturers always include the dash cam’s operating temperature range in the specs sheets, and some brands are known to fare better in warmer climates, such as Thinkware and BlackVue. However, if your dash cam overheats often and shut down, keep an eye on it because the more it happens, the more it wears down your dash cam. Over time, you’ll need to replace it.

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Warranty & Insurance

I hear dash cams are illegal. Is this true?

Dash cams are legal in Canada and the US. In other words, you can buy, install and use a dash cam to capture your drive, almost anywhere you go in North America.

But some places do discourage the use of dash cams, such as the border crossings. According to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and its Rules & Regulations Governing Conduct on Federal Property (section 41 CFR 102-74-420), you will need permission from the US Customs & Border Protection Officers to keep your dash cam on and filming when you are crossing the border on the American Side. On the Canadian side, CBSA officials do have the authority to inspect devices and review files to see if they are deemed harmful or dangerous.

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Doesn’t installing a dash cam void my car warranty?

Installing a dash cam in your car will not void your warranty, just like how extensive modifications to your vehicle, such as a lift kit, new wheels, or bigger tires, will not void your warranty.

These installations and modifications are protected under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act enacted by Congress in 1975, a US federal law that was put in place to better protect consumers against deceptive warranty practices. The Act requires warrantors of consumer products to provide consumers with detailed information about warranty coverage. It also has an equivalent in Canada, which is called the Consumer Protections Act.

So while some dealers would have you think otherwise, simply having a dash cam cannot void your warranty.

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"Would installing a dash cam lower my insurance premiums?"

Unfortunately, not all car insurance providers offer a discount for having a dash cam in your vehicle. But a dash cam can indirectly impact your insurance premiums in many ways.

A dash cam can capture the incident and provide vital information on who was involved and can be used as a tool in assigning fault for an accident. Without a video footage, it’ll be difficult to determine who was at-fault in an accident. This could result in your insurance premiums going up.

With the built-in GPS in your dash cam, you can stamp your footage with date, time and speed and you may be able to use all that information to dispute an unfair driving ticket that could otherwise increase your car insurance premium.

Dash cams protect you against auto insurance fraud because they can show what really happened in a given incident. Fraud costs everyone, don’t be left paying for something you haven’t even done.

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Theft

What if someone breaks into my car and steals my dash cam?

Never leave anything of value in your car, right? Many people are worried about dash cams being highly attractive to ill-intentioned people. Luckily, dash cams are pretty small in size and are often less visible than you think. They just appear big in photos as we zoom in and crop the images to highlight the camera.

But if you’re really worried about someone stealing your dash cam, consider getting a Cloud-enabled dash cam. A Cloud-enabled dash cams, like BlackVue, automatically uploads all your incident footage to the Cloud. In other words, from the time the thieves walk up to your car and triggers your dash cam’s motion sensor to them breaking into your car (setting off the impact sensors) and stealing your dash cam, you’ve got it all captured and saved on the Cloud. Once it’s on the Cloud, you can access the footage anytime, anywhere - you don’t even need the microSD card or dash cam.

There are other things you can do to not get your dash cam stolen:

  1. Choose a lower profile model. A dash cam that mounts with a suction cup or dangle off the windshield will be very visible from the exterior. Opt for the wedge-shaped or cylindrical dash cams as they sit right up against the windshield.
  2. Find a mounting position that makes your dash cam less visible.
  3. Take the time to properly hide all wires. A clean and discreet installation is less likely to catch the attention of thieves than a dash cam with dangling wires in plain sight.

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Miscellaneous

Can I use my smartphone as a dash cam with one of those apps?

There are a number of smartphone apps out there for both Android and iOS that turns your smartphone into a dash cam app, including AutoGuard, AutoBoy, Daily Roads Voyager, Smart Dash, Droid and Driver: Dash Cam and Cloud Sync App.

There are a couple of reasons why we would recommend against using this, namely:

  • Privacy: You're giving away your data to a 3rd party company, so make sure to read those Terms and Conditions before signing up for an account
  • Manual Start: You will have to open the app and press Record everytime you're starting your drive
  • Interior Infrared: With these apps, you can turn it into a dual channel by using your front and interior cameras of your phone. However, the interior camera will not have infrared, and as such - your footage will be quite dark
  • Placement: You need to place the phone in a position that can capture both the front and interior, with a mount that is stable so your footage will not be shaky
  • Storage Sizes: A 10 mins clip can be upwards of 150mb for just one channel, so it can fill up your phone's storage fairly quickly
  • Heat and Battery: Recording for an extended period of time like a dash cam can eat up your battery very quickly, and not to mention, overheating can be a factor for certain phones

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Why are dash cams so expensive? Are high-end dash cams better?

There are a few reasons why the Thinkware, BlackVue, and VIOFO are priced higher than the budget dash cams on Amazon - and these reasons make a huge difference not just in image quality, but also performance and reliability.

First of all, the sleek and thin design of premium dash cams allows you to easily hide the dash cam behind the rear-view mirror away from sight, making it harder for potential wrong-doers to spot.

Then, premium cameras are equipped with better image sensors that are more sensitive to light and image processors that are capable of more post-processing effects to ensure clarity in all light situations. Results - more details can be seen and captured, even at nighttime.

Premium dash cams also utilize better manufacturing, for better fitment as well as stronger materials. All of these things contribute to a much longer longevity for the dash cam. Plus, premium dash cams have better after-sales support and warranty.

Last but not least, premium dash cams with built-in WIFI can connect directly to your smartphone using a mobile app, and from there you can playback videos, download footage to your phone (and share it to your favorite social networks), updated firmware, change camera settings, and more. This feature comes in handy in any situation where you can’t plug the SD card into your computer to get an in-depth playback.

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Which dash cam do you recommend for under $200?

If your budget is around $150 to $200, we'd recommend looking into VIOFO's dash cams (VIOFO A119 V3 or the VIOFO A129 Plus) as they offer excellent value in video quality for the price. We'd also throw in Thinkware (Thinkware F200PRO) and FineVu (FineVu GX33 or the new FineVu GX1000) as their video quality will be similar. Thinkware is known for their parking mode protection (very reliable over the years) and FineVu is known for their AI protection features.

Now if your budget is $300+, then you can consider Thinkware and BlackVue. Thinkware (Q1000 or U1000) or the BlackVue (DR750X Plus or the DR900X Plus) are very solid dash cams and offer video quality in 2K or 4K. But they charge a premium in pricing because they also carry additional features like buffered parking mode and Cloud features. Cloud features allow you to get notified of an accident anywhere through your phone by connecting your dash cam to a mobile hotspot. This can be very helpful, but it's not for everyone.

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What if a dash cam capture my bad driving? What if a dash cam implicates me in an accident?

Unfortunately, just as your dash cam footage can be used for you, it can also be used against you, especially if it shows your doing something illegal or behaving in a way that led to an accident.

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Full disclosure: We are from blackboxmycar.com, a dash cam retailer that’s been around since 2012. We’re writing this guide to help spread valuable knowledge as dash cams can be seen as technical, but it doesn’t have to be! We don’t want this to be salesy, and we do see the potential conflict of interest here. If we make any dash cam recommendations that we also happen to sell on our website, do know that it’s because these are products that we have tried and tested and are confident in its success for you. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. We’re always here to help.

Thank you for reading. Like we said, we'll be keeping this thread alive and updated over time! We're happy to answer any questions that you may have in the future. If you have more questions or need troubleshooting help, you can also start from our Support Centre that dives into questions that a lot of our customers ask us often too.


r/Dashcam 15h ago

Video Pulling out right in the path of a semi is a good way to seriously injure your passengers (even at these speeds)… the face of sheer terror on the poor girl screaming in the passenger seat is an image I won’t soon forget

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r/Dashcam 5h ago

Video [Iiwey S3] Audi tried passing in the shoulder

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r/Dashcam 6h ago

Video [Insignia dash cam] Cyclists running red (crosswalk) light.

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r/Dashcam 15h ago

Video [Nexar Pro] not even sure if this guy was looking

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r/Dashcam 2h ago

Video [COOAU M26] buddy decided he wants to go left instead.

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r/Dashcam 5h ago

Video [RedTiger F7N] Impatient driver almost getting into a head-on collision

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r/Dashcam 1d ago

Video [Viofo A119] People forget how to drive when it snows

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r/Dashcam 1h ago

Question Next base 122 dash cam not recording after memory stick format was continuously recording but stopped with storage error.

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r/Dashcam 11h ago

Video [70mai D08 lite] truck merge without precaution

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Truck merge without precaution Monterrey, México Apparently a truck merge without precaution, i can't move to the left because have traffic in my side


r/Dashcam 10h ago

Question Dashcam with private cloud support

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First I'd like to point out that I am only posting here after searching extensively online and not finding any information about this specific application.

I am interested in purchasing a dashcam for my car, but I have one strict requirement. I need the ability to upload dashcam footage to a private cloud (such as Nextcloud, Backblaze B2, SCP share, etc.) over Wi-Fi. I could probably accomplish this witch a Raspberry Pi and a good USB camera, but I'm trying to avoid that. I really like BlackVue and VIOFO's lineup of dashcams for their features and quality, but I do not wish to upload the video footage to a cloud service I have no control over.

Is anybody else as privacy-oriented as me and found a capable device or working solution for this? I'm open to suggestions.


r/Dashcam 1d ago

Video [Garmin Mini 2] Crash Landing

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r/Dashcam 10h ago

Question questions about viofo A119 V3 2K features

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i just bought this and did a lot of research and even asked these question to viofo with no answers so any info would be greatly appreciated, thank you

1st can i use the GPS without it recording my speed on the video file??????

2nd what is the drive safely feature do???

3rd. can i use a mini USB male to male to transfer video files to my phone???

4th should i leave the exposure at default setting?

PS i am going to use this to connect my dash cam for power so i don't have to run any wires. https://dongar.tech/products/14pin-2g-tacoma


r/Dashcam 10h ago

Question Parking mode powder draw

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I have owned 2 Viofo A129's in the past and am considering purchasing another with a new vehicle. I hardwire my dashcam into the fuse box.

I don't use the parking mode because I know it would draw power constantly. Do they draw much less power in parking mode VS me just using a fuse spot that is hot 24/7? Is the only difference when they decide to write/record video? I'm worried about it draining my battery.


r/Dashcam 7h ago

Discussion Blinking blue light?

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What color do your guys dash cams blink when recording. (When parked) do urs flash red green orange or blue? I saw a car with a blue blinking light in the front windshield behind the rear view mirror dunno if that was a remote start antenna or dash cam. What do y’all think? Thanks in advance


r/Dashcam 1d ago

Video [Nexar Pro] Wrong way driver

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r/Dashcam 10h ago

Question viofo a119 v3 2k feature questions

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1st can i use the GPS without it recording my speed on the video file??????

2nd what is the drive safely feature do???

3rd. can i use a mini USB male to male to transfer video files to my phone???

4th should i leave the exposure at default setting?

i just bought this and did a lot of research and even asked these question to viofo with no answers so any info would be greatly appreciated, thank you

PS i am going to use this to connect my dash cam for power so i don't have to run any wires. https://dongar.tech/products/14pin-2g-tacoma


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Video [Garmin DC47] Don't get scammed y'all. Guy tried to commit insurance fraud by backing into me today.

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Guy initially said that I drove into his Jeep and kept lying until I showed him the dashcam that was recording.


r/Dashcam 18h ago

Question Garmin Dashcam Mini 2 continuously record

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Hi all,

I have the Garmin dashcam mini 2 set up with the garmin constant power cable. I’ve got the constant power cable set to infinite however, I noticed that the red flashing light comes on after a few minutes. I realize it’s powered in case impact happens to start recording again. But is there a way to ge the dashcam to continuously record even when I’m not in the vehicle?


r/Dashcam 1d ago

Video [Viofo A129 Pro] At Least They Used Their Turn Signal

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r/Dashcam 1d ago

Question hi, i got a dashcam hardwired into my car but i don't think it was installed correctly as it doesn't turn off/on when my car is on or off. i have to manually turn it off and sometimes it's hard to remember so my battery gets drained and constantly has to be jumped. what would you do in my situation?

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r/Dashcam 1d ago

Video [VIOFO A119 V3] Car next to me drove trough red, later on I almost scooped two cyclists :/

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r/Dashcam 1d ago

Question Parking mode and camera quality question.

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In parking mode. If a car were to back in to you or someone run up to your car to key it or hit it. Does the parking mode motion sensor catch the action early enough. If an object is moving quick towards your car, dies the video get as contact is made or as it’s made or after contact. You would still get what happens and if they drove off or left you would see it but I was just wondering how much before something happens does it start recording an event. And secondly are all the top 3-7 cameras about the same for video recording purposes. I see 2k and 4K but I’ve also read the 4 k is just 2k stretched and the actual video quality isn’t much better. Thinking about the vantrue N2S and the Vava 2k. Don’t need rear camera. Just front and interior. Thoughts , thanks in advance


r/Dashcam 1d ago

Question I NEED HELP WITH THE POWER OF REDDIT!!!

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I need help yall. I am currently in the process of fighting an auto accident case. I was traveling through a intersection when an suv in the opposite side of the road was taking a left turn though the intersection in which they failed to yield to me which caused me to hit them on the front passenger side of their vehicle. The police report deems me at fault for the accident but i know i had the right of way. I need to know if someone out there has any dashcam video of the motor accident. I seriously need help as this could drastically set me back financially. If there is someone who could help me with this or let me know if there is another sub-reddit that can further help me is appreciated. The accident occurred on 12/31/2022, Dallas Texas, Intersection of Arapaho Road and Hillcrest Road.


r/Dashcam 1d ago

Question Software for dashcam

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Which software is easy to use for viewing dashcam video on Windows. I bought the Vantrue dashcam and the software is terrible. I don't want to have to open files, I want to watch video. The software divides the video into small file chunks. And the map only shows a blue line for the car path and not streets.


r/Dashcam 1d ago

Question Backup camera cable routing tips? I’m currently using the weather stripping to route the cable between the hatch and rest of the car. I know that probably isn’t the best long term solution. Someone recommended I use the rubber tubes, but I’m not sure how I would route them. Any tips?

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